Your inflatable hot tub is pretty much ready to go straight out of the box. Aside from anything needed to clean the filters and keep the water clean from bacteria, it is ready for you and your family to enjoy.
You may find that the new hot tub may become the center of your backyard, and here are a few hot tub accessories that you may find useful during your hot tub time.
Best Inflatable Hot Tub Accessories
We round up the must have accessories and extras for your inflatable hot tub.
Hot Tub Thermal & Protective Cover
Protect your hot tub when not in use with a large cover that can help protect it from being damaged if not in use or you are away for example.
While adding a protective layer to your spa they can also help act as a thermal barrier and help keep your spa warm for longer by improving the heat retention.
Cup & Drink Holder Tray
If you have ever been in a hot tub, you know it gets warm and it is great to have a drink close by, but, unless you have bought a hot tub that is already decked out, it is a huge pain in the but to have to get out and go get a drink.
When in your spa you may want to relax with a drink or a little nibble, with this drinks and food holder it will make life a little easier, just clip it over the side of your hot tub and it will give you two drinks holders and a centre tray for nibbles or just a holder for sunglasses.
The PureSpa Drinks Tray is suggested it has great reviews and unlike many, it will fit most brands of inflatable hot tubs. This drink tray is perfect for small cans or glasses but is just a little too small for large bottles.
It is suggested that you remove the drink tray from the side of your hot tub before you put on the cover on your hot tub. The drink tray is also made to float, so you can simply unclip it from the edge and leave it in the hot tub when you put the cover on.
Intex Spa Seat
The bottom of inflatable hot tubs is pretty comfortable but for some people, it can be a little hard on the back to get up and down and if you are short sitting on the bottom can make the water just a little too deep to be completely relaxing.
The Intex seat is hard, but has a lot of cushion. It has a weight threshold of 292 pounds. Because this seat is solid and not hollow, it will sit on the bottom without moving around a lot. The seat can also be left in the hot tub and you can clean the seat with the Scumbug sponge before you get in to sit.
Hot Tub Padded Pillow
This is more of a comfort item than a necessity. I find that when I am sitting in the hot tub, I love to be able to lean back and relax my head. Inflatable hot tubs do not provide very much support so you can’t use the side and be comfortable.
This weighted pillows are great because once in place they will stay put, so you don’t have to keep readjusting. This pillow is made with a counterweight on the side that hangs over the side of the hot tub which is what allows it to stay in place. You do need to take the headrest out of your hot tub before putting on the cover.
Hot Tub Music System
If you own a hot tub or pool then you can purchase a music system that is designed to float in the water. You are able to access the music controls you can no also hook up your phone via Bluetooth and play music through the built in speakers, or chat to friends on the phone. The system uses a rechargable battery and has water resistant buttons as well.
With wireless connectivity for up to 20 meters making the speaker easy to control from any tablet and smartphone device. A great extra for your hot tub that will get the party started! Great for using with lights on your spa and ideal for a great hot tub party!
Hot Tub & Pool LED Floating Light
Add some colour and light to your spa with the Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tub & Pool LED Floating Light. A floating lighting device that will brighten up your spa and add some mood lighting in the evening.
The device is waterproof and easy to use, it has 3 bright colors that can be easily adjusted.
Lay-Z-Spa Inflatable Hot Tub Surround & Steps
Another great extra for your Lazy spa hot tub is the inflatable surround, you can buy the step or surround, the step makes it easier to get into your spa and the surround as seating around the outside of the spa great for people to sit and relax while chatting to people in the spa.
This can be used on all Lay-Z-spa hot tubs that are round and will take 3 parts to go around, so you could have 1 step surround, and then 2 seating surrounds, or just buy one and use that on its own.
Most inflatable hot tubs are 28-30 inches tall. This can make it difficult to get in and out without spilling water and why hot tub steps are useful to have. It is suggested that you buy a step to be able to get in and out of your inflatable hot tub. One that I suggest that has very good ratings is the Confer HS2 Spa steps.
The steps are a total of 14 inches high, the bottom step is 7 inches off the ground. They have a maximum weight threshold of 350 pounds and are non-slip, even when wet, the material that the steps are made out of contains UV inhibitors to help prevent fading over a prolonged period when left in the weather, so you don’t have to worry about taking them inside when you aren’t using your hot tub.
Check out our guide on the best hot tub and spa steps here.
These cool little sponges help keep your inflatable hot tub clean. They float on top of the water and collect body oils, suntan lotion, and sweat. It will pretty much collet any contaminates or dirt that might clog your filter.
You can use the scumbugs to also clean the waterline around your hot tub and also to clean the cover. Most scumbugs are also washable to be reused.
It seems no matter what hot tubs always seem to get dirt, leaves, and other particles in the bottom. This stuff falls to the bottom and is uncomfortable to stand or sit on when you get in your hot tub.
To work this kind of spa vac you cover the air inlet and submerge the vacuum when you take your thumb off the inlet the air coming out creates a vacuum and starts to suck all the nasty stuff out of the bottom of your hot tub. With this type of spa vacuum, you have about 15 seconds before you need to pull it out and dump it.
Hot Tub Filters
An essential hot tub accessory and must have are filters, these are designed to filter out any debris from the water keeping the pump safe from being damaged and preventing dirt from being pumped around the hot tub.
Filtering out this debris using a filter will keep your hot tub pump in good shape and help prevent any damage. You hot tub will have come with a filter however it is important to wash these out under the tap and from time to time you should replace them for a new one.
One part of keeping your hot tub clean is making sure that you have the right mix of chemicals in the water, you have to have the PH level right and also need to be able to check the alkaline and chlorine levels to make sure that the water is safe to get in.
The Poolmaster Test Strips are super easy to use, you simply dip them in the water for just a few seconds and then hold the strip against the color-coded panel that is located on the back of the container the test strips come in.
Aqua Comb Filter Cartridge Cleaner Brush
When you have any type of hot tub, you have to keep the filters clean. You can always take them out and rinse them with your garden hose. But to get the filter clean, you have to be able to open the pleats and remove all dirt, hair, and other debris.
The Mi-Way Aquacomb is an attachment that you connect to the end of your garden hose. This allows you to get in those tight pleats and pressure wash out all the stuff inside.
It is important to note that while all of these items are a great way to help enjoy your hot tub experience it is not a requirement to buy them to have a great time.
About the author: Chris loves the outdoors and has developed a love of gadgets and inflatable toys, from kayaking and paddle boarding to relaxing in his hot tub at home. The founder of WhichInflatable and has been the editor for 7 years.